Botswana Wildside – 4 Days

November 24, 2010 by  
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Small Group Participation Camping Safari

Safari through the wilderness of Botswana. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and the abundant wildlife of Moremi game reserve and Savuti. Explore Chobe by boat and enjoy wonderful views of Victoria Falls! Elephants on the Chobe River boat cruise.

Highlights

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion
  • Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
  • Savuti – game drives
  • Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruise
  • Victoria Falls – adventure activities

Includes

  • 13 nights camping
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Moremi, Savuti, Chobe 4WD excursion

Day 1 JOHANNESBURG to KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY

Botswana Wildside   4 Days Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north into Botswana. We pass Serowe, birthplace of Botswana’s first president, Sir Seretse Khama, on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This 4300 hectare reserve situated on the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest. We take our first game drive around the open grassland of Malema and Serwe Pans. [camping -LD] [B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]

Day 2 MAUN

Botswana Wildside   4 Days We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, Maun is a bustling frontier town where we prepare for the delta excursion. After setting up camp we have a relaxing afternoon at the swimming pool. [camping BL-]

Day 3, 4, 5 OKAVANGO DELTA

Botswana Wildside   4 Days Guided walk included. Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Makoro (dugout canoes). The delta forms as water flows from the Angolan highlands out over the Botswanan flat Kalahari Desert sands creating a delicate, green oasis for birds & wildlife. We will camp wild on remote islands in this amazingly dynamic environment & enjoy bush walks, bird watching & swimming in the clear water. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle & culture. We return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 5 and have time for an optional (own expense) game flight over the Okavango, which will reveal a different aspect of the delta. [camping Bx3, Lx3, Dx2]

Day 6 – 9 MOREMI & SAVUTI

Botswana Wildside   4 Days 4wd open vehicle We have 4 nights in these conservation areas with time to explore the various habitats. We spend our time on game drives watching the plentiful wildlife including wild dog, elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game. Moremi Game Reserve rates as one of the leading wildlife areas of the world and we take our open 4WD vehicle into Moremi for fantastic game viewing! Grasslands, floodplains, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a variety of game viewing habitats. Moving north over the sand ridge and into the Mababe depression we arrive at the Savuti Marsh. This open grassland area attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, which in turn draw the large lion prides for which Savuti is famous. The waterhole near camp is also a favourite drinking point for many elephant and the sunsets here are fantastic. [camping BLD]

Day 10 – 11 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Botswana Wildside   4 Days 4wd open vehicle. The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. In the early morning we search for game and return to camp for brunch. The late afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise is a highlight as we see the mighty elephant herds returning to the Chobe River to quench their thirst. We camp at Kasane on the Chobe River for night 11. [camping Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Day 12 – 13 VICTORIA FALLS / LIVINGSTONE

Botswana Wildside   4 Days Guided walk included We camp for 2 nights in Zambia near Livingstone town on the banks of the Zambezi River. Enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, Bungi Jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense). [camping Bx2 - -]

Day 14 LIVINGSTONE – TOUR ENDS

Botswana Wildside   4 Days Tour ends at 08:00 after breakfast. Transfers to local airports are available. [- B - -]

PRE & POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION:

Rivonia Road Lodge Due to the early departure time of this safari we recommend that you stay in Johannesburg the night before safari. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the vacation planner when prompted.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM:

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Motswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Wunderland Gar tenro ute – 4 Tage

November 11, 2010 by  
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Kapstadt • Oudtshoorn • Knysna • Kapstadt

Höhepunkte

  • Besuch einer Straußenfarm und der Cargo-Tropfstein Höhlen.
  • Cango-Tropfsteinhöhlen mit ihren großartigen Stalaktiten und Stalagmiten.
  • Besuch des wunderschönen ‘Garden of Eden’.
  • Nachmittag in Knysna, einem lebhaften kleinen Ort, der sich durch sein Kunsthandwerk einen Namen gemacht hat.

Inklusive

Transport

  • Fahrt im klimatisierten Mikrobus oder Minibus mit 18 Sitzplätzen.

Qualifizierte Reiseleitung

  • Entdeckung der Gartenroute mit qualifizierten Reiseleitern.

Unterkunft

  • Zimmer mit Bad, Preis basiert auf Zweibettzimmer-Basis.

Mahlzeiten

  • 3 x Frühstück.
  • 1 x Mittagessen.

Plus

  • Trinkgeld für Gepäckträger im Hotel.

Bitte beachten

  • Falls Unterkunft vor oder nach der Tour wünschen, wenden Sie sich bitte an den Sachbearbeiter.

Tag 1: Kapstadt / Oudtshoorn

Wunderland Gar tenro ute   4 Tage Wir holen Sie um 07.30 Uhr am Hotel ab und fahren dann auf der ‘Route 62’ (Südafrikas Version der berühmten Route 66 in den USA) durch die Stadt Montagu in das hübsche Dorf Barrydale, wo wir eine Kaffeepause machen. (Nicht im Reisepreis eingeschlossen). Dann weiter nach Oudtshoorn, durch seine bedeutende Straußenindustrie als die ‘Weltstadt der Federn’ bekannt. Nach dem faszinierenden Besuch einer Straußenfarm geht es zum Hotel in Oudtshoorn.

Unterkunft: Oudtshoorn Inn oder gleichwertig

Tag 2: (Fr) Oudtshoorn & Knysna (F)

Wunderland Gar tenro ute   4 Tage Heute morgen geht es unter die Erde um die Kalksteingebilde der Cango -Tropfsteinhöhlen zu bewundern. Sie gelten aus gutem Grund als eines der sehenswertesten Naturwunder Südafrikas. Weiterfahrt über den spektakulären Outeniqua-Pass nach George und durch Knysna, eines der malerischen Städtchen im Herzen der berühmten Gartenroute, weiter zum populären Badeort Plettenberg Bay, dem Tummelplatz der Reichen und Berühmten Südafrikas. Wir besuchen den ‘Garden of Eden’ genannten Wald zu einem gemütlichen Spaziergang. Dieses Naturparadies rechtfertigt seinen Namen. Rückfahrt nach Knysna.

Unterkunft: Knysna Hollow Hotel oder gleichwertig

Tag 3: (Sa) Knysna (FM)

Wunderland Gar tenro ute   4 Tage Genießen Sie eine Bootsfahrt auf der riesigen Knysna Lagune und besuchen Sie ‘Featherbed Nature Reserve’. Hier hat man eine großartige Aussicht auf die beeindruckenden Sandsteinköpfe (The Heads), die den Zugang zu Knysnas riesiger, den Gezeiten unterworfenen Lagune, sowie die sie umgebenden Wälder, Sumpfgebiete und unberührten Stränden bewachen. Nach dem Mittagessen steht der Rest des Tages zur freien Verfügung um dieses hübsche Städtchen mit seinen Besonderheiten zu erkunden.

Unterkunft: Knysna Hollow Hotel oder gleichwertig

Tag 4: (So) Kapstadt (F)

Wunderland Gar tenro ute   4 Tage Nach dem Frühstück geht es zurück zur ‘Mother City’. Die Fahrt führt über Swellendam und Hermanus, das international Berühmtheit erlangte durch die Tatsache, daß man hier während der Brutzeit (Juli bis November) die beeindruckenden Südlichen Glattwale beobachten kann. Ankunft in Kapstadt am Spätnachmittag. Wir verabschieden uns von einander entweder am Flughafen oder in einem zentral gelegenen Hotel.

A World in One Country – 14 Days

November 11, 2010 by  
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Johannesburg • Pilgrim’s Rest • Kruger National Park • Swaziland • Zululand • Durban • Port Elizabeth • Knysna • Oudtshoorn • Cape Town

Highlights

  • Explore the historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest.
  • View the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.
  • Seek out the ‘Big Five’ in the Kruger National Park in open safari vehicles.
  • Visit a traditional African craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
  • Enjoy a Swazi cultural experience.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia – A World Heritage Site.
  • Stroll through the Tsitsikamma National Park, renowned for its age-old trees.
  • Journey via ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated at the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon.
  • Discover the Cango Caves with its magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Enjoy an ostrich farm experience.
  • The best land-based whale watching in the world is in Hermanus.
  • (Seasonal July to November only).

Included

Transportation

  • Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses.

Professionally Escorted

  • Discover South Africa with our professional Tour Guides.

Accommodation

  • Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
  • All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.

Dining Inclusions

  • 13 Breakfasts.
  • 3 Lunches.
  • 4 Dinners.

Plus

  • Airport transfers included.
  • Hotel porterage included.
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included.

Please Note

  • The internal flight between Durban and Port Elizabeth is not included.
  • Thompsons can assist you in obtaining these flights. Clients are requested to book flight SA1336 departing 12h30 to arrive in Port Elizabeth at 13h45. Should guests arrive earlier, we will be happy to take care of them until the arrival of the scheduled flight.
  • Visa conditions apply for Swaziland and passports are required.

Day 1: (Sun) Johannesburg

A World in One Country   14 Days Touch down at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional Soweto Tour (own account).

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar

Day 2: (Mon) Pretoria / Mpumalanga (BD)

A World in One Country   14 Days Depart by 07h30 and leave Johannes-burg’s distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continu-ing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. We travel via the historic towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg, passing over the famous Long Tom Pass onto the small town of Sabie. This afternoon explore the living history in the form of Pilgrim’s Rest, the old mining village where gold was first discovered.

Accommodation: The Royal Hotel or similar

Day 3: (Tue) Kruger National Park (BD)

A World in One Country   14 Days This morning gasp at the glory that is God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and visit the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. We explore the quaint village of Graskop before arriving mid afternoon at our overnight hotel.

Accommodation: Perry’s Bridge Hollow or similar

Day 4: (Wed) A full day ‘Big Five’ game viewing in Kruger National Park (B)

A World in One Country   14 Days Set off before breakfast in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savour the magic of this enormous wilderness.

Accommodation: Perry’s Bridge Hollow or similar

Day 5: (Thu) The Kingdom of Swaziland (BLD)

A World in One Country   14 Days Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Witness a Swazi cultural experience before visiting the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory to see master craftsmen fashion collectable figures and functional art out of molten glass. We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, known for its vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Spend the night in the beautiful Ezul-wini Valley.

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar

Day 6: (Fri) The Kingdom of the Zulu’s (B)

A World in One Country   14 Days Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, teeming with exquisite wax artworks in every shape and colour imaginable. Then on into Zululand, pass-ing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Arrive mid afternoon at the town of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and home to hippo, crocodile and no less than 367 bird species.

Accommodation: Elephant Lake Hotel or similar

Clients have the option to purchase an exciting afternoon open safari vehicle game drive into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

Day 7: (Sat) Durban (B)

A World in One Country   14 Days This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. Check into your hotel just before lunch (own account). The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, or you may opt take an optional afternoon Durban City Tour (own account).

Accommodation: Royal Palm or similar

Day 8: (Sun) Port Elizabeth / Knysna (BD)

A World in One Country   14 Days Morning at leisure until your collection and transfer to the airport for your mid morning flight to Port Elizabeth (cost of flight not included). There you’ll be met by a new guide who’ll, upon everyone arriving, take you through the glorious, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest, before reaching Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar

Day 9: (Mon) Knysna (BL)

A World in One Country   14 Days Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch the remainder of the day at leisure, to enjoy this lovely and special town.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar

Day 10: (Tue) Oudtshoorn (BL)

A World in One Country   14 Days This morning we enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named because it’s the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm. We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders.

Accommodation: Oudtshoorn Inn or similar

Day 11: (Wed) Cape Town (B)

A World in One Country   14 Days A day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales, which frolic offshore (July to November only). Out of season we will return to Cape Town along ‘Route 62’, South Africa’s version of America’s ‘Route 66’.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 12: (Thu) Cape Peninsula (B)

A World in One Country   14 Days A full day touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula via the Atlantic seaboard. We stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise (own account) to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then we continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach.  We drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’s Town on our way back to Cape Town.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 13: (Fri) Cape Winelands (B)

A World in One Country   14 Days Journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellen-bosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well known estates. A visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provides a historical perspective.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 14: (Sat) Cape Town (B)

A World in One Country   14 Days This brings us to the end of our ‘World in One Country’. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Wildlife & The Cape – 6 Days

November 11, 2010 by  
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• Cape Town • Kruger National Park •

Highlights

  • View spectacular coastal scenery at the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Enjoy wine tasting at well known wine estates.
  • Seek out the ‘Big Five’ in the Kruger National Park in open safari vehicles.

Included

Transportation

  • Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses, and in 10-seater open safari vehicles.

Professionally Escorted

  • Discover the Kruger National Park and Cape Town with our professional Tour Guides.

Accommodation

  • Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
  • All accommodation is of a 3 star standard, (2 star in Kruger National Park).

Dining Inclusions

  • 5 Breakfasts.
  • 2 Dinners.

Plus

  • Airport transfers included.
  • Hotel porterage included.
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included.

Please note

  • This tour can be run in reverse, to start in Johannesburg ending in Cape Town.
  • The internal flight between Cape Town and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport on Day 4 is not included and should be booked to arrive no later than 12h35.
  • Dependant on the day of departure, the Cape Peninsula and Winelands Tour may be swapped around to fit scheduled dates of departure.

Day 1: Cape Town (B)

Wildlife & The Cape   6 Days

On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the joys of the ‘Mother City’. A perfect opportunity to visit the V&A Waterfront.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 2: Cape of Good Hope (B)

Wildlife & The Cape   6 Days

Enjoy a full day sightseeing in the world’s hottest tourist destination. Much of our journey is along the achingly beautiful coastline, with majestic views of mountain and ocean. We visit Cape Point, one of the best spots in Cape Town for spotting whales and dolphins. On our return to the city we drive through the quaint naval village of Simons Town.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 3: Cape Winelands (B)

Wildlife & The Cape   6 Days

We tour the Cape’s famous wine making country, visiting two well known estates for wine tastings.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 4: Cape Town / Kruger (B)

Wildlife & The Cape   6 Days

It’s off to Kruger this morning (onward flight not included). On arrival, transfer to the world famous Kruger National Park via Hazyview, where your safari begins. This afternoon board an open safari vehicle. Game sightings abound virtually from the moment you enter this extraordinary reserve. Enjoy your first night in this unique patch of African wilderness.

Accommodation: Kruger – Rest Camp or similar

Wildlife & The Cape   6 Days

With an entire day in Kruger ahead, we adapt your behavior to that of the animals: set off on a dawn safari, retire to the camp for a soothing midday siesta, and then enjoy a late afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Kruger – Rest Camp or similar

Day 5: Kruger National Park (BD)

Day 6: Kruger National Park /Johannesburg (B)

Wildlife & The Cape   6 Days

There’s time to savour another sunrise safari then tuck into a hearty breakfast before returning to camp around mid morning. We leave the reserve and travel back to Johannesburg, arriving at about 19h00.

The Majestic Drakensberg & Lesotho – 4 Days

November 11, 2010 by  
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• Durban • Drakensberg • Lesotho • Durban •

Highlights

  • Visit the Kingdom of Lesotho.
  • Take the highest vehicle pass in Southern Africa.
  • View majestic mountains in the Drakensberg – a World Heritage Site.
  • View 2 000 year old Bushman paintings.
  • Enjoy scenic hiking trails.

Included

Transportation

  • Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses.

Professionally Escorted

  • Discover the Drakensberg with our professional Tour Guides.

Accommodation

  • Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
  • All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.

Dining Inclusions

  • 3 Breakfasts.
  • 1 Lunch.
  • 3 Dinners.

Plus

  • Hotel porterage included.

Please Note

  • Visa conditions apply for Lesotho and passports are required.

Day 1: (Mon) Durban/Sani Pass (LD)

We leave Durban by 06h30 this morning heading south towards the village of Underberg at the foot of the mountains. Here we transfer to 4×4 vehicles and begin climbing the highest vehicle pass in Southern Africa. The views from Sani Pass are utterly spectacular and invariably make a lasting impression on first-timers. At the top is the border post between South Africa and Lesotho, thus passports are a must. Once inside Lesotho we visit a Sotho tribal village, and interact with the local people before enjoying lunch at the highest pub in Africa. Perched right near the edge of the mountain, it has few rivals in terms of pub views. Thus fortified, we wind our way back down the mountain and spend the night in a nearby hotel.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens or similar

Day 2: (Tue) Drakensberg Mountains (BD)

Morning at leisure to enjoy the spectacular views of the Southern Drakensberg mountains before we continue via the southern Midlands Meander Route and reach the most beautiful spot amid these ‘dragon’ peaks, the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Castle. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the stunning scenery and fresh mountain air.

Accommodation: Giant’s Castle or similar

Day 3: (Wed) Drakensberg Mountains (BD)

After breakfast, we set off on a leisurely 3km roundtrip hike to the caves (average level of fitness required), which were once home to South Africa’s earliest inhabitants, the San people, better known as Bushman. Enjoy a guided tour of the rock paintings, which remain on the cave walls as clues to their simple existence. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, or take to the mountains again for an afternoon hike.

Accommodation: Giant’s Castle or similar

Day 4: (Thu) Midlands (B)

After a final leisurely morning, we make our way back to Durban, via the quaint art and craft stores and farmer’s markets of the northern Midlands Meander Route, arriving back in Durban late afternoon.

South African Surprise – 15 Days

November 11, 2010 by  
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Johannesburg • Hazyview • Kruger National Park • Swaziland • St Lucia • Durban • Drakensberg • East London • Port Elizabeth • Knysna • Oudtshoorn • Cape Town

Unbeatable value for money from Thompsons

Highlights

  • See the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.
  • Spend a day with the lions and the elephants in the Kruger National Park (in a closed vehicle).
  • Visit a traditional African craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
  • Explore and soak up the atmosphere in the tourist town of St Lucia, situated within the World Heritage Site.
  • Tour the city of Durban, the cultural melting pot of South Africa.
  • Relax or go hiking in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains part of the World Heritage Site.
  • Travel through the Eastern Cape where the British settled in 1820.
  • Get close to mother nature at her best by walking amongst the ancient trees in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
  • Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Ride an ostrich or just enjoy an ostrich farm experience in Oudtshoorn – ‘ostrich capital of the world’.
  • Discover Cape Town and all its splendour.

Included

Transportation

  • Tour in air-conditioned 7-seater microbuses, 16/18-seater mini-buses or 25/44 seater luxury coaches (the fewer the passengers the smaller the vehicle to be used).

Professionally Escorted

  • Discover the wonders of South Africa with our enthusiastic, vibrant and professional Tour Guides.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and all rooms have private facilities.
  • All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.

Dining Inclusions

  • 14 breakfasts and 5 dinners included.

Plus

  • Arrival airport transfer included.
  • Full day visit to the Kruger National Park.
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included.
  • Sightseeing/orientation in East London and Port Elizabeth.
  • Hotel porterage included.

Please Note

  • Accommodation check in on Day 1 is from 14h00.

Day 1: (Sun) Johannesburg

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You are under own arrangements until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Peermont Metcourt Hotel or similar

Day 2: (Mon) Johannesburg / Hazyview (BD)

This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 3: (Tue) Kruger National Park (B)

A bright and early start to the day in order to enjoy the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in your closed vehicle. Enter the park and keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Optional full day open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park available.

Day 4: (Wed) Hazyview / Swaziland (B)

This morning after breakfast, check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. We proceed south through to Malalane and then onto Swaziland. Visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory before arriving at the hotel for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar

Day 5: (Thu) Swaziland / St Lucia and surrounds (B)

This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. The World Heritage Site of St Lucia offers the opportunity of sighting many hippos, crocodile and bird life.

Accommodation: Elephant Lake Hotel or similar

Optional afternoon sundowner St Lucia Boat Cruise available.

Day 6: (Fri) St Lucia and surrounds / Durban (BD)

Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning open safari game drive (own account) before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. We visit the Botanic Gardens and continue with a city centre orientation tour before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

Accommodation: Tropicana Hotel or similar

Optional morning open safari vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park available.

Day 7: (Sat) Durban / Drakensberg (BD)

Today we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 feet Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

Day 8: (Sun) Drakensberg (BD)

Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

Optional 4×4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho available (Passport required).

Day 9: (Mon) Drakensberg / East London (B)

This morning we depart and continue south to East London. En route we first stop at Umtata to visit the area where our most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela, was born and grew up. After visiting the museum dedicated to the life and achievements of this incredible man, we continue and arrive late afternoon in East London, the only river port in Southern Africa. Check in for your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: The Kennaway Hotel or similar

Day 10: (Tue) Port Elizabeth (B)

After breakfast, check out and travel through East London for a short orientation tour. Continue through ‘Settler Country’ via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port Elizabeth. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Port Elizabeth’s beaches are magnificent and justifiably world famous.

Accommodation: The Paxton Hotel or similar

Day 11: (Wed) Port Elizabeth / Knysna (B)

Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel, our base for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 12: (Thu) Oudtshoorn (BD)

After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for overnight.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 13: (Fri) Knysna / Cape Town (B)

Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Fountains Hotel or similar

Day 14: (Sat) Cape Town (B)

Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ and a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended.

Accommodation: Fountains Hotel or similar

Optional full day Winelands or Peninsula tour is available.

Day 15: (Sun) Cape Town (B)

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00 after which the remainder of the day will be under your own arrangements.

Departure Dates

2010

03, 17 Jan 07, 21 Feb 07, 21 Mar
04, 18 Apr 16 May
15 Aug 05, 19 Sep 03, 17 Oct

Exhilarating Optional Extras – For Your Own Account

  • Open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park.
  • Open vehicle safaris in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
  • Game viewing boat cruise in St Lucia.
  • Zulu cultural experience in St Lucia.
  • 4×4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho (Passport required).
  • Full day tour to the Cape Winelands.

Ruta Jardin – 3 Días

November 11, 2010 by  
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Cape Town • Oudtshoorn • Knysna • Cape Town

PUNTOS A DESTACAR

  • Visita a un criadero de avestruces.
  • Visita a las magníficas Cango Caves.
  • Visita a la Reserva de Naturaleza de Featherbed para disfrutar de una caminata por esta reserva, crucero por la laguna de Knysna y almuerzo.
  • Disfrutar de una a dos horas de visita al animado y bullicioso pueblo de
  • artesanos de Knysna.

INCLUYE

Vehículo

  • Minibus con aire acondicionado.

Guía profesional

  • Descubran la Ruta Jardín con nuestros guías profesionales.

Alojamiento

  • Habitaciones con servicios privados. Basado en dos personas compartiendo habitación doble.

Comidas incluídas

  • 2 Desayunos.
  • 2 Almuerzos.

Servicios extras

  • Propina de Hotel incluída (’porterage’).

Día 1 (Miercoles) Tour Ruta Jardín (A)

A las 07h30 de la mañana serán recogidos desde su hotel para iniciar el Tour por la Ruta Jardín en la compañía

de un guía hablando español. Viajarán vía Worcester y Montagu a lo largo de la Ruta 62 en camino hacia Oudtshoorn. El pueblo de Oudtshoorn está históricamente relacionado con la crianza de avestruces. El dinero ganado financió una acaudalada sociedad, lo que quedó reflejado en sus opulentos ‘palacios de piedra’. Sin embargo cuando el Mercado decayó, muchas fueron abandonadas. Algunas han sido restauradas y abiertas a los visitantes. Disfrutarán de un almuerzo liviano a las 14h00 seguido por un entretenido tour por una granja de avestruces antes de ser trasladados a su Hotel.

Alojamiento en el Oudtshoorn Inn o similar

Día 2 (Jueves) Tour Ruta Jardín (DA)

Después de desayuno y en la compañía de su guía hablando español, visitarán las Cuevas del Cango, una de las maravillas naturales de Africa famoso por sus fascinantes cuevas de calcita que forman un asombroso mundo subterráneo de estalactitas y estalagmitas, además de una ‘cascada congelada’. A continuación, salida para Knysna vía el Pase de Outeniqua a tiempo para un tour en Featherbed reservado a las 12h30, que incluye una caminata por esta Reserva de Naturaleza, crucero por la laguna de Knysna y almuerzo. Una vez terminado su tour regresarán a Knysna en donde dispondrán de una a dos horas para caminar libremente en este tranquilo pueblo de artesanos antes de ser trasladados a su Hotel.

Alojamiento en el Hotel The Knysna Hollow o similar

Día 3 (Viernes) Cape Town (D)

Después de desayuno y en la compañía de su guía hablando español saldrán para la ciudad del Cabo, vía Mossel Bay y Hermanus. Esta costa es famosa por la emigración anual de la ballena Southern Right, lo que permite divisarlas durante sus desplazamientos (desde el mes de Julio a Noviembre solamente), además de los delfines y focas cerca de la costa. Una vez finalizado su tour serán trasladados a su Hotel. Para los clients interesados, es posible organizar para hoy una visita opcional a la Montaña de la Mesa (Table Mountain) para tomar el teleférico hasta la cumbre (dependiendo de las condiciones del tiempo).

KNYSNA HEADS

FECHAS DE SALIDA

2010

06, 20 ENE        03, 17 FEB         10 MAR
07 ABR              12 MAY             04, 18 AGO
08, 22 SEP         06, 20 OCT

Namibian Discovery – 10 Days

November 11, 2010 by  
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Windhoek • Etosha • Damaraland • Swakopmund • Sossusvlei • Windhoek

Highlights

  • View wildlife in Etosha National Park.
  • See the impressive bushman paintings in Damaraland.
  • Explore the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund.
  • Be amazed by the highest sand dunes in the world, at Sossusvlei.

Included

Transportation

  • Tour in an air-conditioned micro-bus or 18 seater mini-buses.

Professionally Escorted

  • Discover Namibia with our professional English speaking Tour Guides.

Accommodation

  • Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
  • All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.

Dining Inclusions

  • 9 Breakfasts.
  • 7 Dinners.

Plus

  • Hotel porterage included.
  • Namibian Wildlife Resorts Conservation Levy included.

Please Note

  • Tour starts from Windhoek city hotels and ends back at Windhoek city hotels with a drop off at Windhoek International Airport by 16h00.
  • This tour is operated in English only.
  • This tour is also available as a 6 Night / 7 Day option which ends on Day 7 with a drop off in Windhoek late morning, called the Etosha, Damaraland and Swakopmund Highlights Tour.

Day 1: (Sun) Windhoek / Etosha National Park (D)

Depart Windhoek and head north via Okahandja, for a visit to a local market, to shop for wood carvings and curios. We arrive at our lodge late afternoon.

Accommodation: Etosha – Rest Camp or similar

Day 2: (Mon) Etosha National Park (BD)

Today we will spend a full day in this world-class game park, visiting a number of waterholes to observe the wildlife. Etosha, translated, means ‘The place of dry water’ and here we get our first view of the magnificent pan.

Accommodation: Etosha – Rest Camp or similar

Day 3: (Tue) Etosha National Park (BD)

We travel along the vast salt-pan with stops at various waterholes and game viewing en route. After lunch we continue through the Park and on to our overnight stop.

Accommodation: Namatubis Guest Farm or similar

Day 4: (Wed) Etosha National Park / Damaraland (BD)

An early start to see the highlights of Damaraland – one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa. We head through Outjo, Khorixas, the capital of this region. We pass through scenic landscapes and Damara villages before we reach the Petrified Forest. We visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, the fascinating geological features such as the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain.

Accommodation: Brandberg White Lady Lodge

Day 5: (Thu) Damaraland (BD)

This morning is an optional excursion to visit the ‘White Lady’ situated in the nearby Brandberg Mountains. This 3 hour hiking excursion (requires an average level of fitness) will take you to see the famous rock art paintings whilst offering some spectacular views of the open plains of the Damaraland. Those who chose not to partake in this excursion can relax at the lodges pool enjoying the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Brandberg White Lady Lodge

Day 6: (Fri) Damaraland / Swakopmund (B)

We continue via Henties Bay to the charming coastal resort of Swakopmund. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure, which options including a visit to the museum, the aquarium, the crystal gallery, or simply to just explore the town.

Accommodation: Eberwein Hotel or similar

Day 7: (Sat) Swakopmund (B)

Today is at leisure to explore further this charming town. Maybe indulge in a harbour cruise or do a Scenic flight, or perhaps one of the numerous adventure activities on offer.

Accommodation: Eberwein Hotel or similar

Day 8: (Sun) Swakopmund / Sossusvlei (BD)

This morning we visit some of the regions natural wonders such as the ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis and the Moon Landscape before continuing to the edges of the Namib Desert and then proceed through the southern region of the Namib Naukluft Park, the Kuiseb Canyon, and the Gaub Pass before we reach our accommodation.

Accommodation: Namib Naukluft Lodge or similar

Day 9: (Mon) Sossusvlei (BD)

We visit the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, reputedly the highest dunes in the world. Energetic guests may choose to climb to the top of the dunes, before returning to our lodge.

Accommodation: Namib Naukluftt Lodge or similar

Day 10: (Tue) Sossusvlei / Windhoek (B)

This morning we have a leisurely start and drive through the scenic Spreetshoogte Pass (road conditions permitting) on to Windhoek. You arrive at your Windhoek city hotel at approximately 15h00, alternatively you can be dropped off at the Windhoek International Airport by 16h00.

DEPARTURE DATES

2010

10 Jan              14 Feb

14 Mar              04, 18 Apr

02, 16 May        06, 20 Jun

04, 18 Jul          08, 22 Aug

05, 19 Sep        17 Oct

OPTIONAL PRE TOUR PACKAGE

Sat :

On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met by a Thompsons Representative and transferred to your hotel with the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. You will be collected on Sunday morning for the start of your tour.

Accommodation: Safari Court Hotel or similar

Mountain, Mines & Magnificent Elephants – 5 Days

November 11, 2010 by  
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Golden Gate Highlands • Kimberley • Cradock • Addo Elephant National Park

Highlights

  • View majestic mountains at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
  • Visit Clarens, known as the ‘little jewel of the Free State’.
  • Learn the history of the diamond discoveries in Kimberley with a tour of the ‘Big Hole’.
  • Travel through the scenic Great Karoo region.
  • Visit the Addo Elephant National Park to view these magnificent animals.

Included

Transportation

  • Tour in air-conditioned sedan / micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses.

Professionally Escorted

  • Discover the Free State, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape with our professional Tour Guide.

Accommodation

  • Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
  • Accommodation standard based on 3 star hotels, guest houses and Bed and Breakfasts.

Dining Inclusions

  • 4 Breakfasts.

Plus

  • Hotel porterage included.
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park Conservation Levy included.
  • Addo Elephant National Park Conservation Levy included.
  • No children under 12 permitted

Day 1: (Mon) Golden Gate Highlands National Park

We depart Sandton this morning by 07h30 and proceed south to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, situated at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and famous for its captivating scenery and invigorating climate. Spend the afternoon discovering the vast colourful sandstone formations, which shine golden-yellow in the evening sun, and enjoying the indigenous flora, as well as the variety of wildlife and birdlife which the park has to offer.

Accommodation: Golden Gate – Brandwag Hotel or similar

Day 2: (Tue) Golden Gate Highlands / Kimberley (B)

Today we proceed to Kimberly via Clarens which has become known as the ‘Little Jewel of the Free State’, rich in beauty, with an aura of peace and tranquillity. After a brief visit of this quaint little town we continue via Bethlehem to arrive late afternoon in Kimberley, home of the ‘Big Hole’ and where the great South African diamond rush took place in 1871, when tens of thousands of men from all over the world rushed to peg out their sites. We stop off at the north side pan in the city, to view the largest flamingo population in South Africa, before arriving at our overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Diamond Lodge or similar

Day 3: (Wed) Kimberley / Cradock (B)

This morning enjoy a tour of the world famous Kimberley Mine or alternatively known as the ‘Big Hole’, the largest manmade excavation in the world, dug to a depth of 240m entirely with shovels and picks in search of diamonds. After a tour of the museum, which offers a good guide to diamonds, we continue south through the Great Karoo and make our way to Cradock via the historic towns of Britstown, De Aar and Hanover.

Accommodation: Die Tuishuis or similar

Day 4: (Thu) Cradock /Addo Elephant National Park (B)

This morning we depart for Addo Elephant National Park, aptly named for its 450 or so elephant population. After Kommadagga but just before Teuns se Winkel, we turn right and proceed to the park via the mostly forgotten yet scenic Suurberg Pass, completed in 1858. As you cross over 2 summits you realise how impressive a mountain range the Suurberge is.

Accommodation: Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar

Day 5: (Fri) Addo Elephant National Park / Port Elizabeth (B)

Enjoy the day at Addo Elephant National Park, which offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world. The Park is also unique in its unrivalled natural diversity, with five of South Africa’s seven major vegetation zones present. After what will hopefully be a magnificent day of sightings, we depart for Port Elizabeth, arriving late afternoon.

Departure Dates

2010

04, 18 JAN                     01, 15 FEB                     01, 15 MAR

12, 26 APR                    10, 24 MAY                    02, 16 AUG

13, 27 SEP                     11, 25 OCT

Magnificent Garden Route – 4 Days

November 11, 2010 by  
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Cape Town • Oudtshoorn • Knysna • Port Elizabeth

Highlights

  • Enjoy an ostrich farm experience.
  • Discover the Cango Caves with its magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Journey via ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated at the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon.
  • Stroll through the Tsitsikamma National Park, renowned for its age-old trees.

Included

Transportation

  • Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses.

Professionally Escorted

  • Discover the Garden Route with our professional Tour Guides.

Accommodation

  • Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
  • All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.

Dining Inclusions

  • 3 Breakfasts.
  • 1 Lunch.
  • 1 Dinner.

Plus

  • Hotel porterage included.

Please Note

  • Should pre tour accommodation be required, please refer to the notes at the bottom.

Day 1: (Wed) Cape Town / Oudtshoorn

We depart by 07h30 and travel via the town of Montagu on ‘Route 62’ (South Africa’s version of America’s famous ‘Route 66’) to the pretty village of Barrydale where we stop for tea (own account). Then on to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ thanks to its huge ostrich industry. After a fascinating tour of an ostrich farm, we continue to our Oudtshoorn hotel for check in and overnight.

Accommodation: Oudtshoorn Inn or similar

Day 2: (Thu) Oudtshoorn / Knysna (BD)

This morning go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded, for good reason, as one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders. We then drive via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, then onto Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Spend the rest of the day discovering the joys of the town’s many art galleries, craft shops and coffee bars.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar

Day 3: (Fri) Knysna (BL)

Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon, then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. After lunch spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying this lovely and special town.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar

Day 4: (Sat) Port Elizabeth (B)

We get to Port Elizabeth mid afternoon, after a drive through the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. The tour ends at the airport or at a central hotel.

OPTIONAL PRE TOUR PACKAGE

Day 5: (SUN) Arrive Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by a Thompsons Representative and transferred to your hotel, your base for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 6: (MON) Cape Winelands

Explore the beauty of the Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well known estates. Visit the Huguenot Memorial and the Afrikaans Language Monument.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 7: (TUE) Cape Peninsula

Depart on a full day tour to Cape Point, drive along the Atlantic seaboard, visit Hout Bay and then continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach. Drive through the historic naval village of Simon’s Town. Return to Cape Town and overnight.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

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